Monday, July 12, 2010


“PowerPoint makes us stupid.”

General James N. Mattis
U.S. Marine Corps
Commander, Joint Forces Command

On his way to be Commander, Central Command

Power Point Ranger

(To the tune of "The Green Berets")

Requests are made, from day to day,
Briefings held, and changes made.
Graphics slides, a must they say,
and PowerPoint is the only way.

Computers crash, and printers stall,
Overloading protocol.
Network's down and soldiers cry,
Briefing's late so heads will fly.

Pin PowerPoint Slides upon my chest,
Full-color slides, they look the best.
One Hundred Slides were made that day,
But only 3 were ever displayed.

A smile came on the General's face,
Slides were done and looked just great!
T'was up all night, worked really late,
Just to hear, the General state:

My soldier son, your slides were great,
Briefing's done, slides up to date.
One problem son, the color's wrong,
One more chance, or you go home.

So tell my mom, I've done my best.
Pin PowerPoint Slides on my chest.
One hundred slides were made that day,
But only 3 were ever displayed.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Captain Lambert,

I for one find it very difficult to believe that so many individuals blame the tools that are available for the inadequacies of the individual to use those tools effectively. What a sorry group many of our administrators would appear to be. It is from their words flaunting the tools that they should be the master of but instead they have allowed those same tools to become their master.

Very Respectfully,